Donald Roderick MacKenzie, age 67, died after a brief illness on Monday, March 14, 2011, in Wenatchee, WA. He was born on May 16, 1943, in Omak, WA to Grace MacKenzie and Kenneth Donald MacKenzie and lived most of his life in Omak. He attended school in Omak and at Hill Military Academy in Portland, OR. After a short period of living on the coast, he moved back to Omak, settling on Johnson Creek Road, close to his boyhood home. He worked as a logging truck driver and farmer. He raised horses and sheep, both to his great joy. He loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing, and spending time with friends. He became a Mason in 1992, and was a member of both Palestine Lodge #214 and Okanogan Masonic Lodge #169. He was the Master of Palestine Lodge five times. Don was also a Royal Arch Mason and served for many years on the Board of Directors for the Royal Arch Mason's Children's Heart Foundation. In that capacity, he helped many children with heart problems. It always gave him great happiness to see a young person whom he had helped — grown, strong and healthy.
Don will be greatly missed by family and friends, his sheep and especially his little "Boo" dog. He is survived by his loving wife, Kate; son, Greg; Greg's grandmother, Orvilla Graves; and many wonderful friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Jackie; aunts; and cousins.
Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 19, 2011, at the Okanogan Masonic Lodge. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Royal Arch Children's Heart Foundation, P.O. Box 223, Marysville, WA 98270. Bergh Funeral Service of Oroville/Tonasket is in care of the arrangements.